The Hanover College baseball squad pushed its record above .500 with a twinbill sweep against Wilmington College (Ohio). The doubleheader was played Saturday, March 16, at the L.S. Ayres Athletic Complex.
Hanover notched a 4-1 win in the first game and piled up 14 hits in a 12-3 victory in the second contest.
In the opener, junior pitcher Mitch Hunnicutt (Seymour, Ind.) scattered six hits and gave up just one run through six innings on the mound. Hunnicutt (2-1) walked two and had four strikeouts.
Junior closer Chip Hockenbury (Elizabeth, Ind.) tossed a scoreless seventh to record his third save of the season.
Senior designated hitter Ryan Grau (Cincinnati, Ohio) and junior outfielder Kolton Chapman (Lynnville, Ind.) each had run-scoring doubles to give Hanover a 2-0 lead in the second inning.
Sophomore first baseman Matt Brooks (Goodlettsville, Tenn.) smacked a run-scoring single to bump the lead to 3-0 in the third inning. Junior second baseman Zach Shultz (Greenwood, Ind.) knocked in a run with a base hit in the fourth to give the Panthers a 4-0 advantage.
Grau finished 3-for-3, including a double, to lead Hanover’s seven-hit effort at the plate.
Hanover, now 7-6 overall, led 1-0 after the first inning of the second game before blowing the contest open with 11 runs in the bottom of the second to lunge ahead 12-0.
The Panthers totaled 11 hits in the decisive second inning, including a grand slam off the bat of sophomore shortstop Ryan Johns (Cincinnati, Ohio) and a three-run shot by junior catcher Kevin Daeger (Vernon, Ind.).
Shultz had three hits, knocked in two runs and scored three times. Johns, Brooks, Chapman and senior outfielder Kevin Sears (Noblesville, Ind.) had two hits apiece for Hanover, which has generated 10 or more hits in six games this season.
Junior hurler Andrew Roby (Shepherdsville, Ky.) raised his record to 3-1 this season after surrendering just five hits and three runs through five innings.
Sophomore Alex Lantz (Indianapolis, Ind.) and freshman Matt Powers (Floyds Knobs, Ind.) combined for two innings of hitless relief to secure the win.
Published Saturday, March 16, 2013